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cd900st

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Originally Posted by Hellbishop View Post

Koss UR-40 very sweet treble with an almost eerie expansive soundstage. I still have the original non-titanium versions since 2004. They seem to only get better with age. These were also the ones that started my journey on looking for decent headphones after digging them up out of storage when having recently moved into a small building with thin walls. Now from this one small headphone i have twelve different ones thanks to the search it inspired which led me to head-fi :D

 

Koss Pro-4AA the most detailed treble i have ever heard from a pair of headphones catching every little sound in music and games. If your into analytical sound this might be just what your looking for. Oh they pretty much have zero bass if your a bass head. Its there but its the 1970s version of bass :D

 

Koss Pro-4AAT similar to the above but not as detailed and with a comfortable amount of bass. They're like a more balanced less analytical warm version of the Pro-4AA.

 

Koss KNS 8400- Tons of detailed buetiful sweet treble which brings out extreme audio info in what is being listened to with some bass but not much. They were modeled after their Rokit studio monitor bookshelf speakers which definitely sounds like it. A real joy to listen to especially in games like FALLOUT 3, FALLOUT NEW VEGAS and SKYRIM etc.

 

Koss 3000ANV.

 

Koss 100PRO.

post #18 of 314

Of all I've heard before, DT231 Pro should've some love!

post #19 of 314

AD900, HE-300, PX100-II, SRH1440, are a few that come to mind.

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Originally Posted by Dyaems View Post

cd900st

 

I like you.

 

This would be my answer as well. Best mids I've ever heard.

post #21 of 314
ATH-ES55 is an exellent portable no one seems to have, 2nd the UR40 one of the first WOW moments
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maybe because koss has good performance but isnt discussed much in the mainstream place (where there are only the impactless beats, the lifeless soul, and the winding street, not to forget the mildly sweet skullcandies) and in the audiophile place? (where the inside of a sedan headhphone rolls around, wooden+foam delights straight from natural materials, the black japanese headphones which happen to be #1 discussed under 200$, the huge sound imager headphones, the flagship electrostat headphones that cost a bomb, a headphone that name is the same as a display technology, and a few other recommendations, *can you guess which headphones these statements refer to?*)

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AKG K601

By far the most under-rated headphone on Head-Fi. Sometimes I prefer it to the Q701 and it does a few things better.

It has better bass, it's a lot warmer and has fuller sounding mids. Better imaging too and a lot more comfortable.

I think it's a lot better than the Q701 for pop and rock music. Q701 is a bit clearer and more detailed though.

I would even say the K601 benefits more than the Q701 from a good amp and DAC. For those that don't like the Q701, try the K601!

 

Koss UR-55

Not the clearest sounding headphone in the world, but very fun to listen to. For $27 it will blow away any other headphone for the price.

I prefer it to the PortaPro, but maybe not the KSC75. Can be modded to be open. Perfect cheap budget gaming headphone.

 

Beyerdynamic DT-235

Very comfortable and can be made circum-aural with HD-202 pads. It's a bit ugly.

 

Beyerdynamic DJX-1

Pretty good sound and now discontinued. If you look at the memorex DJ100, it looks like an exact clone and it's only $44!

Check out the measurements:

http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/BeyerdynamicDJX1.pdf

DJ100 from Memorex:

http://www.amazon.com/Memorex-Ampgear-Series-Thermoform-Headphones/dp/B001GGK5FM

 

Maxell DHP-II

I paid only $33 for this and it sounds better than 90% of the headphones under $50.

 

K240 Studio

Supposedly this is one of the most used studio monitors right? How come it's never talked about here..

Refurbished models can often be had for $75.

 

Audio Technica ATH-AD300

I bought this at Wal-Mart for $35! I think it sounds better than the AD700 and feel it's worth $75.

It has less treble than the AD700, fuller and more forward mids and more bass. It has a fun sound signature.

It's also more comfortable for those with small heads.

 

Also..how come nobody ever mentions the SR-125i here?

 

KRK KNS-6400

It's not really a downgrade from the 8400, just another signature. To me ears it has a little less treble extension and more mid-bass and more forward mids.

Soundstage is a bit better on the 8400. 8400 is a tad clearer too, but for $99, who can complain...

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The Koss Technician VFR isn't too bad of a headphone. Too bad they're next to impossible to find. 

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Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post

AKG K601

By far the most under-rated headphone on Head-Fi. Sometimes I prefer it to the Q701 and it does a few things better.

It has better bass, it's a lot warmer and has fuller sounding mids. Better imaging too and a lot more comfortable.

I think it's a lot better than the Q701 for pop and rock music. Q701 is a bit clearer and more detailed though.

I would even say the K601 benefits more than the Q701 from a good amp and DAC. For those that don't like the Q701, try the K601!

 

KRK KNS-6400

It's not really a downgrade from the 8400, just another signature. To me ears it has a little less treble extension and more mid-bass and more forward mids.

Soundstage is a bit better on the 8400. 8400 is a tad clearer too, but for $99, who can complain...

 

I agree in regards to these two.

 

I find the 6400 with memory foam pads actually sound better than the 8400.

 

K601 was a solid headphone for sure. Gotta love the "correct" version of the headband. tongue.gif

 

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Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post

Also..how come nobody ever mentions the SR-125i here?

 

I've noticed that too. It seems like there are two camps between the SR60i and SR80i, while the ones who upgrade go for the SR225i, unless they want the brighter SR325i.

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Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post

Also..how come nobody ever mentions the SR-125i here?

 

I guess because you can buy the MS1i cheaper - and it performs (IMO) to at least the level of the SR25i - maybe even better.

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Originally Posted by TMRaven View Post

Old style apple buds.  I'm not sure how the newer ones compare but they might be the same thing with just a cosmetic change.

Seriously, these things sound pretty flat except for the massive and infamous bass rolloff starting well above 100hz, but a little ol bud can't do much about that because they don't seal at all.  Not too bad for being free, especially since they sound better than most other companies buds and in-ears that are supposed to be an upgrade.

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yea. i always thought they sounded not too bad either and pretty good. might only use to use them for working out but i was able to tell they were actually not that bad.
post #28 of 314
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Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post


K240 Studio
Supposedly this is one of the most used studio monitors right? How come it's never talked about here..
Refurbished models can often be had for $75.

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126841865350.jpg really?
post #29 of 314
Thread Starter 
I think I should break the list up by pricing segment, would anyone be opposed to that? And if so, I'm thinking about the following segments:

- $0 - $100
- $100-$300
- $300+

Does this seem reasonable to everyone? Or should I have a $0-$50 segment too?
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How about the first segment up to $150 just to make it a little more interesting? ;)

 

 

Thanks for the comments on KRK KNS6400 Katun and tdockwailer I need to hear that 1, and possibly the Koss DJ100PRO thing since the CSD / IR looks *high five*.


Edited by kiteki - 7/9/12 at 4:43pm
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